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Address: 155 N. Grant Street, Independence, CA 93526
Phone Number: 760-878-0258
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Description: The mission of the Museum is to collect, preserve, and interpret objects...
The mission of the Museum is to collect, preserve, and interpret objects and information related to the cultural and natural history of Inyo County and the Eastern Sierra, from Death Valley to Mono Lake. The museum's permanent exhibitions include Native American basketry and crafts, Norman Clyde, Water Wars, Manzanar, Mary Austin, farming, ranching, pioneer families, geology, and a rotating special exhibit each year. The Museum also houses about 27,000 historic photographs of the Eastern Sierra region.We also have a museum giftshop.
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Inside this free museum you will find great exhibitions telling the story of the eastern sierras. Visitors will learn about the geology of the area, fossils including mammoth... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 15, 2015
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Redondo Beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Inside this free museum you will find great exhibitions telling the story of the eastern sierras. Visitors will learn about the geology of the area, fossils including mammoth bones, the indigenous plants and animals, the native peoples, westward settlers, the engineering of the Los Angeles aqueduct and the dark story of Manzanar. This is a great stop for people of... More 

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Independence, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Very well done small museum. They have beautiful baskets woven by the local Paiute/Shoshone tribal members as well as their ancestors. A lot of local history is also explained and the items from days long gone are on display. There is a nice picnic area as well.

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Nokomis, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We tuned in to the AM channel for Manzanar and it mentioned this museum just ahead so we drove a few more miles and found this small building with LOTS of farm and construction antiques outside. Inside we found a fabulous, detailed, and well-laid out museum. The lady we talked to, Heather, was enthusiastic, informative, and extremely knowledgeable with or... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This was a very well laid out museum. The number of Indian made baskets is amazing! Beautiful. Clean restrooms. Place to picnic in the shade. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. It is well worth your time to stop. Steeped in Cal. History!

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Truckee, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

If you are into early California or western history, this is an amazing museum. Small town, big museum. Fantastic indian basket collection, great photos, lots of interesting stories of early California and the Sieras. Worth an hour stop. free

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Logan, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

I visited this museum about 15 years ago and enjoyed it then. It has gotten even better. Excellent exhibits on native peoples and local history. Clean and well appointed. Friendly, interesting, and helpful staff. The curator, Roberta Harlan, is great: both helpful and outgoing. Don't miss it.

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Palm Springs, California, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Wonderful historical photographs of Native Americans, plus the most beautifully displayed collection of Native American baskets I've seen. They also have nice gifts, and a good amount of information of other sightseeing destinations in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Some of the most beautiful native baskets I've ever seen! Even if you're not an official history buff, this is a great stop on your way through.

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Riverside, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This may be a small museum, but they have excellent exhibits both inside and outside. Many old building have been moved to the grounds. Lots of old farm, water and mining equipment. Railroad exhibits too.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This is a potentially fascinating museum. Unfortunately our visit was spoiled by a very loud, youngish female volunteer on the reception who chatted loudly to other staff/ visitors for a great deal of our time there.

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Additional Information about Eastern California Museum

Address: Address: 155 N. Grant Street, Independence, CA 93526
Phone Number: 760-878-0258
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Independence
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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